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Where did the English Barnes family come from? What is the English Barnes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Barnes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Barnes family history?

The ancient name Barnes is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a small child. The surname springs from the middle English bairn, of the same meaning.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Barnes were recorded, including Barnes, Barns, Barnis, Bernys, Barness and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnes research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1200, 1661, 1627, 1710, 1654, 1712, 1675 and are included under the topic Early Barnes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barnes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Barnes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Barnes arrived in North America very early:

Barnes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Barnes, who came to Virginia in 1608
  • Phillip Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Edward Barnes arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Launcelot Barnes, who landed in Virginia in 1632
  • Joshua Barnes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632


Barnes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Abraham Barnes, who arrived in Maryland in 1700
  • Abraham Barnes arrived in Maryland in 1700
  • Sara Barnes, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Elias Barnes, who arrived in New England in 1750
  • Conradt Barnes, who landed in New York in 1763


Barnes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nancy Barnes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Arthur Barnes, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Samuel Barnes, who landed in America in 1812
  • Soloman Barnes, aged 20, arrived in America in 1822
  • Romana Barnes, aged 10, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831


Barnes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Thomas Barnes U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Robert Barnes, "Burns" U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a member of the Cape Ann Association
  • Ephraim Barnes arrived in Quebec in 1793 with his wife and four children

Barnes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Barnes landed in Newfoundland in 1811, today there is a Barnes Island in Newfoundland
  • Hiram Barnes, who landed in Canada in 1832

Barnes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Barnes, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Barnes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Barnes, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • David Barnes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Barnes, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia


Barnes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Barnes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard A Barnes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • William Barnes, aged 36, a blacksmith, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Harriet Barnes, aged 36, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • William Robert Barnes, aged 14, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841


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  • William Henry Barnes (1840-1866), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • Billy Barnes (1927-2012), American composer and lyricist from Los Angeles, California
  • Brigadier-General Harold Arthur Barnes (1887-1953), American Deputy Quartermaster-General (1943-1946)
  • Major-General Gladeon Marcus Barnes (1887-1961), American Chief of the Research & Development Service, Office of Ordnance (1946)
  • Lieutenant-General Earl Walter Barnes (1902-1979), American Chief of Staff, United Nations Command, Tokyo, Japan (1956-1957)
  • Major-General Julian Francis Barnes (1889-1961), American Commanding General 153rd Field Artillery Group (1946)
  • Priscilla Barnes (b. 1955), American actress known for her role as nurse Terri Alden on the television sitcom Three's Company
  • George Barnes (1921-1977), American world-renowned jazz guitarist
  • Albert Coombs Barnes (1872-1951), American inventor and art collector
  • Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), American author

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  • Barnes and Related Families, Past and Present by Raymond Curtis Barnes.
  • Barnes Families of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1858-1909 by Marjorie Barnes Thompson.
  • The Westward Migration of One Line of the Descendants of Thomas Barnes of Hartford and Farmington,Connecticut by Clair Elmer Barnes.
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  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Barnes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barnes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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